Disabled 68-year-old perishes in Pineville apartment fire
PINEVILLE, La. - The Louisiana State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating an apartment fire that killed a disabled and ailing 68-year-old man.
Deputy Chief Brant Thompson says Robert Rivers' body was found in the charred ruins of his apartment in a Pineville fourplex.
He says in a news release that flames were showing when city firefighters arrived about 4 a.m. Saturday.
Thompson says an autopsy will determine cause of death.
He says family members told investigators that Rivers was disabled and had been ill for a long time.
Thompson says the fire apparently started between an occupied apartment and a vacant one.